ZooParc de Beauval
Giraffes at the zoo
|Location||Saint-Aignan, Loir-et-Cher, Central France|
|Major exhibits||La Savane Africaine, Bassin des Lamantins, Parc des Éléphants|
La Savane Africaine
The African Savannah habitat is home to a large collection of African animals roaming together. Separated from the visitors by gravel ditches, thirteen species of animals live together. Giraffe, White rhinoceros, Grevy's zebra, Wildebeest, Ostrich, Marabou stork, Egyptian goose, two species of ibis, Springbok, Lechwe and Reedbuck.
The Australian House is one of the only places in Europe where the Koala and Goodfellow's Tree-kangaroo can be seen. There is also an aquarium, home to 1,500 species of fish from Australia's Great Barrier Reef. There are timid Rat-kangaroos, Kookaburras and a variety of Snakes. In nearby outdoor enclosures, there are Parma wallabies and Red kangaroos, both in large enclosures.
Bassin des Lamantins
The Manatee Basin is a habitat for a family of West Indian Manatees, and ZooParc de Beauval has one of the most successful breeding herds in Europe. The manatee tank is 26 degrees, 1,000 cubic meters of water and 2 meters of glass around part of the tank. As well as manatees, the pool also hosts amazing Amazonian fish and river turtles. The manatees consume up to 50 kg of vegetation each year, preferring to eat lettuce, celery and carrots. The first baby manatee is called Sylvester and was born on the 31 December 2001, and was later followed in 2003 by the world's first captive born manatee twins.
Serre Tropicale des Singes
This house was made to provide shelter for some of the parks many primates. Some of the primate species present include the troop of Chimpanzee and the Orang-utan (which live alongside Gibbon families). Both species of primate live on large outdoor islands that can be viewed easily, and each group of primates have 400 meters of ground to explore. At the beginning of this house is a vivarium, home to one hundred Snakes, as well as Turtles and Nile crocodiles that can be observed underwater. At the far end of the house is an area devoted to small primates, with Emperor tamarin, Pygmy marmoset and the nocturnal Tarsier.
Leading on from the Bassin le Lamatins, the Gorilla Complex is a huge 11-meter-tall greenhouse, home to free-flying ducks and birds such as toucans. There is a lagoon home to rays, and a large indoor habitat for a family of gorilla, with a huge 9 meter space to allow the gorillas to climb. The gorillas also have access to a large outdoor island.
The big cat list is extensive, and the species list includes:
There are also Spotted hyena near the Big Cat complex.
The show features a family of Californian Sea Lion, as well as performing parrots and birds of prey. There are nine adult sea lions and their four babies, and all were born in Beauval.